[Fwd: Re: Mistress Judith (was Re: Butler on Spivak)]

t byfield tbyfield at panix.com
Tue Nov 23 07:03:38 PST 1999

> Date: Tue, 23 Nov 1999 02:04:09 -0500 (EST)
> From: Michael Pollak <mpollak at panix.com>

> > Yeah, what's with that HAIRLESS thing?
> It's from body-building competitions. They always shaved to show off
> their definition. When definition became mainstreamed -- when Arnold and
> Sly hit the bigtime -- so did shaving.

but the arnold acquired his taste for bodybuilding in venice beach, which was pretty queer at the time. part of that aes- thetic stems from ye olde charles atlas-type beach beefcake, which (clever theoretical hijinks aside), was pretty solidly hetero--but not all of it, not by a long shot. i'm not sure i believe this functionalist *origin* for shaving; the func- tion, sure, but not the origin.

cheers, t

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